Rather than a reputation for football, Toulouse is perhaps better known as one of France’s premier rugby towns, but one way or another France’s fourth largest city is used to putting on major sporting events.
Located on the banks of the Garonne on an old Roman settlement, and known as ‘la ville rose’ (the pink city) thanks to its pseudo-Roman, red brick buildings, Toulouse is actually a very modern city and at the heart of France’s space and civil aviation industries - Airbus is a major employer in the town, and it’s a young city home to one of France’s largest university populations.
Department - Haute Garonne
Population - 460,000
Average June temperature - 19.6 C
All fixtures local time (BST +1 hour).
Monday 13 June, 15.00: Spain v Czech Republic – Group D
Friday 17 June, 15.00: Italy v Sweden – Group E
Monday 20 June, 21.00: Russia v Wales – Group B
Round of 16
Sunday 26 June, 21.00: Winner F v Runner-up E
Toulouse is served by Blagnac airport, situated 11km to the west of the city. It offers connections to a number of other host city venues, including Paris, Lille, Lyon and Nice as well as direct flights from the UK and Ireland.
Connections from the UK and Ireland
Aer Lingus - Dublin
British Airways - London Heathrow
Easyjet - Bristol and London Gatwick
Jet2.com - Seasonal from Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford and Manchester
There are a couple of ways to get into the city once you’ve landed. Shuttle buses to Toulouse city centre stop outside Hall B every 20 minutes. They take roughly 20 minutes to reach the city centre, stopping at Compans Caffarelli and Jeanne d'Arc (both on Metro Line B), Jean Jaurès (Metro Line A and B) and at the main railway station, Toulouse-Matabiau.
A one-way journey costs €8 while a return is €15. The ticket is also valid for transfers onto local public transport once you reach the city (within 90 minutes of validation) and can be purchased in the airport or onboard from the driver.
The tram line T2 connects Toulouse city center with the airport every 15 minutes. The tram connects with the Toulouse M Line A at Arènes and Line B at Palais de Justice. The journey takes around 40 minutes, so is slightly longer than the shuttle bus, but is far cheaper at just €1.60.
A taxi to the centre will set you back around €25.
Toulouse is well-connected to the rest of France via the TGV network, and receives high speed trains from Paris (journey time of around 6 hours), Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Marseille among other destinations.
It also receives Intercité and TER (regional) services from the likes of Nantes, La Rochelle, Limoges and Pau.
The city is well served by the autoroute network, connecting with Bordeaux to the northwest by the A62, the southeast and French riviera by the A61, and all directions north via the A20, one of the main north-south arterial routes in France.